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The Chief Justiceship of John Marshall, 1801-1835 (Chief Justiceships of the United States Supreme Court) Paperback – August 1, 1998

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  • Series: Chief Justiceships of the United States Supreme Court
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570032947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570032943
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,097,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Olson on January 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
For those who wish to read a biography of our greatest chief justice, this is not the book to read. For those who are interested in the jurisprudence of C.J. Marshall, this book provides an outstanding introduction. The book provides compelling, and accurate, evidence that in addition to John Marshall being a great jurist, he was also, and foremost, a founding father -- one of the few who realized the potential for our great nation. While it can be successfully argued that at times Marshall expanded the powers of the Supreme Court beyond those intended by the authors of the Constitution, the book also provides a compelling argument for the necessity of expanding those powers. Johnson successfully reasons that, where it not for Marshall's ability to occasionaly read "beyond" the strict guidelines of the Constitution, the role of judicial review (and hence our constitutional guarantees) would not exist today. Overall, an excellent study into a chief justice whose concerns where not those of partisanship -- but rather those of aiding a fledgling country through its formative years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Adams on June 27, 2003
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Let me first confess that I am the named research aide who assisted Professor Johnson on this book. But what I didn't have anything to do with was his useful organization of the caselaw into topical segments. Not only is this book a useful work for the reasons stated by the other reviewer(s), but if someone wants to know the Court's holdings over time in a number of areas, such as the law of nations or separation of powers, this is a useful book. Professor Johnson organizes the book so that a researcher may use it to glean trends on a particular topic rather than presenting a jumble of topics and leaving it up to the reader to discern the development of the law on a given issue.
I might also note that Professor Johnson's conducted meticulous research over many years organizing Supreme Court decisions by topic in a fashion only rivaled by West Publishing.
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Herbert Alan Johnson (1934- )was born in Jersey City, NJ, and educated at Columbia University and New York Law School. He has taught at Hunter College (CUNY), the College of William and Mary, and the University of South Carolina. A legal and constitutional historian, he has written extensively on the Chief Justiceship of John Marshall, and is currently studying the divergence of American and English constitutionalism since the seventeenth century. A retired colonel in the Air Force Reserve, he has continued an interest in early aviation.